A beloved Cardinals legend is dealing with some health issues.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Thursday afternoon that legendary outfielder Lou Brock is battling cancer. The 77-year-old Brock is one of eight living Baseball Hall of Famers who played for the Cardinals, and he posted a .293/.343/.410 slash line with 938 stolen bases over 19 major-league seasons from 1961-79.
Via the Cardinals’ press release:
"“The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Lou Brock has cancelled his April 25th Budweiser Bash appearance at Busch Stadium as he is currently undergoing treatment for Multiple Myeloma. The Hall of Famer was recently diagnosed with the bone cancer and has been undergoing treatment in St. Louis.”"
Multiple myeloma is a rare blood cancer which often forms a mass in the bone marrow. It’s considered treatable but generally is not curable. It usually affects older individuals, and according to the National Cancer Institute, it has a 48.5 percent five-year survival rate with treatment.
Brock was absent from the Cardinals’ Opening Day festivities earlier this month for health reasons. This isn’t the first major health battle that Brock has dealt with; he had part of his left leg amputated due to an infection caused by diabetes back in October 2015.
We at Arch Authority wish Lou the best of luck in his recovery.